Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Birthday Weekend ( Part Two)

On Friday I had a day's holiday from work and Mr C and I drove down to Hertfordshire to explore. We headed for Berkhamsted, somewhere we hadn't visited before. First stop was this lovely shop, 'Home and Colonial'. Four floors of beautifully displayed antique and vintage items as well as lovely shabby chic home wares and gifts.

The 'Attic Cafe' on the top floor was wonderful. The setting was amazing, enormous floor to ceiling sash windows overlooking the street, high vaulted ceilings, vintage furniture and advertising pictures. Oh and the food was delicious too !

The top picture was an enormous and beautiful advertising poster, and the Zebo poster was also a large original displayed above the window.

Further down the street we found another little antique centre full of quirky pieces.A few of my purchases are propped up outside. I found a pretty basket, a dainty sugar pink clothes airer, and a yellow handled rolling pin amongst other things. We then headed off and explored Hemel Hemstead Old Town and found more antique shops before finally heading home with some lovely purchases.

This pretty vintage American rose postcard was amongst one of my finds last week I also purchased this pretty rose and heart hankerchief. It appears to be a vintage one from the fabric and has no label on it. However it is so Cath Kidston in style I am wondering if it is one of her designs, if you recognise it please tell me.

I have picked up a few old glass apothecary jars over time, one of which I decorated with vintage sailing yacht decals last year. These two have finally had the same treatment using vintage American rose decals too. They make great storage for lotions and potions in the bathroom.


Jem said...

What a lovely way to spend a Friday! Tea, cake and a spot of antique/vintage shopping, utter bliss and it looks like you had a fruitful expedition too! Many happy returns :-)

Jem xXx

Annie xx TheFeltFairy said...

Happy Birthday! Hope you had a great day although the pictures absolutely confirm that you did. What an amazing place!

Liz said...

Sounds like a great day out - love the jars!

LissyLou said...

sounds lovely - another town to put on my list xx

Scarlett Fontaine said...

The shops look amazing, i would love to visit. Im loving the jars and the hankie. Scarlett x

bellaboo said...

You always find such wonderful shops..and goodies! :0)

Andi's English Attic said...

Inspired by your post I'm off to Berkhamstead tomorrow with my thrift-friend. We were looking for somewhere different to go and somewhere nice to eat. This looks just the place. Thanks so much. I'll let you know how we got on.
The hankie is sooo pretty. xx

A Blessed Life said...

It all sounds delish to me not only the food but the finds! lol xx

A Life Less Expensive said...

Hi Ann,
Belated Birthday Wishes to you. Some lovely things, looks like you had a fab time. So hard to say no to temptation!!
sue xxx

Amy (Blighty Boutique) said...

looks like a fab trip x